News / USA

Holocaust Museum Marks 20 Years as America's 'Conscience'

Former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel participate in an event for the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, April 29, 2013.
Former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel participate in an event for the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, April 29, 2013.
VOA News
The United States marked the 20th anniversary of the nation's Holocaust Museum, with leaders promising to heed the lessons of one of the worst genocides in recorded history.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton helped preside over the museum's opening in Washington and said it remains a powerful symbol in a city full of impressive monuments.

"They all give something to our country and to visitors from throughout the world who come here.  But the Holocaust memorial will be our conscience and will be here as our conscience from now forever," said Clinton.

Clinton also said the lessons of the Holocaust are as relevant as ever.

"The historic slaughter and slaughter of the Holocaust reflects a human disease that takes different forms, the idea that our differences are more important than our common humanity," said Clinton.

The anniversary ceremony also brought together 1,000 Holocaust survivors and World War Two veterans, including survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.

Wiesel said the museum allows visitors to hear "voices that are appeals not only to hope but also to generosity in our lives."

The Holocaust refers to the state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime in Germany and its collaborators.

Since the museum opened in 1993, it has welcomed more than 34 million visitors, including more than 100 heads of state and 10 million students.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Isador from: USA
May 02, 2013 3:42 AM
Hilarious and pathetic that millions believe this bs. Taxpayer funded propoganda.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid